First came the cars. Now come the bikes. The first electric motorcycle has made its way to dealer showrooms in California. Called the Lectra VR24 and built by Electric Motorbike Inc. of Sebastopol, CA, the motorcycle is powered by a 24V DC variable reluctance brushless motor. Feeding the motor are four advanced lead-acid batteries, which take just over 4 hours to recharge from 20% to 95%. Charging can take place from any wall outlet. Riding range is limited to 35 miles (56 km) at a max ...

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